Laughter, love and rock’n’roll all on stage

Harriet Ford
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“On Golden Pond” at The Barth Hotel

“On Golden Pond” is the 2014 Senior Housing Options annual fundraiser, and the event is once again being  staged in the lobby/living room of the Barth Hotel in downtown Denver.

The Barth is one of 14 Senior Housing Options (SHO) residences. SHO serves some 500 low-income elderly and disabled adults. Since this is truly an “environmental” setting, on occasion a resident will use the lobby elevator or join the audience mid-play. No one bats an eye.

“On Golden Pond” will feature Billie McBride and Larry Hecht, two outstanding local actors, and plays through Saturday, Aug. 30, at 1514 17th St. Playwright Ernest Thompson describes the story as “one family’s struggles with what we all struggle with – age, rage, regret, love withheld, love unspoken, disappointment and, ultimately if we’re lucky, forgiveness, acceptance and renewal.” For info and tix, call 303-595-4464 or go online to .

“Sylvia” back at the Avenue Theater

One of the Avenue Theater’s most popular shows ever is returning for a short engagement ending Saturday, Sept. 6. The first time around, “Sylvia” ran for more than two years. The Avenue Theater is at 417 E. 17th Ave. For tix and info, call 303-321-5925 or go online to .

Sylvia (Amie MacKenzie) is found wandering about in the park by Greg (John Ashton) who takes her home. All Greg knows about his new best friend is her name. They adore each other, much to the dismay of Greg’s wife, Kate (Abby Apple-Boes). Rounding out the cast is Tupper Cullum, a triple threat in the roles of a macho dog owner, a matronly friend of the family and an androgynous  marriage counselor. Be prepared to laugh ... a lot. It’s delightful.

“Memphis” at Arvada Center

An underground dance club in the 1950s is the setting for this 2010 Tony Awards-winning musical. It is the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ, and Felicia, a black club singer, who challenge society’s notion of acceptable relationships. Written by Joe DiPietro (“I  Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”) with music and lyrics by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, the show is inspired by actual events and takes the audience on an exuberant, high-energy trip to another dimension. It’s rock ‘n’ roll at its best. 

“Memphis” opens at the Arvada Center on Tuesday, Sept. 9 (previews are Sept. 5, 6 and 7) and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 24. Jim Hogan is Huey; Aisha Jackson plays the role of Felicia. Rod Lansberry, Arvada Center artistic producer, directs the musical, David Nehls is musical director, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck is choreographer, scenic design is by Brian Mallgrave, costume design is by Christine Campbell, David Thomas does sound design and light design is by Shannon McKinney. For tickets and information, call 720-898-7200 or go online to www.arvadacenter.org.